We switched up the pre-writing activity today, this time returning to the identity charts students completed last week for some inspiration. Students identified a few anecdotes from their lives that could illustrate their identities with significant detail, dialogue, and setting. These may turn into part of the first workshop draft (or maybe not). While they were working, I checked the homework from last week. Students read a new professional sample at the end of class and spent some time thinking and writing about the author and his intended message so we could discuss this next class.